Schools in India have gone through some serious transformations over the passage of time. As far as positives and the negatives that have been gained from these transformations are concerned, there is diversity in the opinions of different people. The general public tends to approve these changing trends, but fundamentalists or, more religious groups assert that the education in the schools is declining over the time.
In years before British Rule, schools in India were more focused on religious teachings. Those in Hindu-dominated areas tended to teach Hindu rituals and customs, while those in Muslim populated areas, which were often referred to as ‘Madarsaas’ had the main aim of bringing about spiritual revolution among their students. Things changed significantly during the British rule, and gradually modern educational practices of science, engineering, and math were introduced to most schools in India.
To some, it was one great service rendered by the British toward the Indians, while for some groups it was an all-out attack on the Indian culture. There was a sudden surge of severe uproar against the present government, shown by the disapproval of the new educational standards. With all the opposition, the ‘British’ form of education prevailed by large, and schools in India were finally forced to switch to a more modern type of education system in India.
In previous decades, a different form of the syllabus was enforced in schools all over India by the regional government. This is the case even today, but it has declined in popularity among the general public. The reasons for the decline is due to the standard of education provided by the state schools, and more importantly, the rise in the general awareness in people due to the advent of different means of media such as the internet. People have come to realize that in order to firmly secure the bright future of their children, they need to opt for better forms of education.
With all of this happening, there is a huge preference for the O and A levels (GCSEs) and IGCSEs, which is a phenomenon that was unknown in country several years ago. Bangalore Schools in India are quickly switching to either the above mentioned forms of education or are providing tuition for more than one form of education (e.g., teaching both students: those for both O levels and those for government matriculation). What caused this switch? This happened because this is what people were choosing as the forms that were considered widely acceptable and were thought to bring out the best in children.
Another aspect of these changing trends is the ever increasing rise in the monetary expenditures involved for reasons other than the general inflation over time. The concept of ‘profit’ has hit the scene.
Harleen Kaur, is a Hyderabad based journalist and blogger and shares her personal experience of being a part of an Bangalore International schools , which has shaped her into the person she is today and thus she wants to share her knowledge with other people.